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#1 Robviously

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:21 PM

Article from Matthew Coller: http://www.wgr550.co...tentId=12570523

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Corey Tropp sat on top of the boards in front of the vistor's bench at the Sports Centre at Monroe Community College in Rochester. His face was expressionless and red and his skates dangled around aimlessly. The rest of the Rochester Americans players were down at the other end of the ice practicing their power play skills, but Tropp didn't look that way. He just stared straight forward and tried to catch his breath.


Minutes before, the 23-year-old had been pushing himself to complete a series of drills. One of the Amerks' assistant coaches would pass him the puck, then he would make a sharp move and dart toward then net and smack the puck past a phantom goalie. Over and over. Clack, smack, click, splash. Then the winger would glide toward center ice for a breather, spin around quickly and do it again.


For the past six months, this has been Tropp's life in hockey. Instead of practicing with the club and worrying about wins and losses or goals and assists, his only focus has been on the process of recovering from an ACL tear – an injury that usually ends a hockey player's season.

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“Sometimes you might forget how much you appreciate this game and being able to play and sometimes you take it for granted. You learn to really appreciate it.”


Tropp is doing more and more on the ice at practice now, even participating with teammates on some drills. It's too early to tell whether he'll be back this season. Listen to doctors, keep working, listen to doctors, keep working, hope for the best. That's all he can do. And remember to appreciate it when he does come back.

It would be awesome if he made it back for a few games this season.

Edited by Robviously, 08 March 2013 - 03:22 PM.


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 04:32 PM

Good to hear his recovery is going well. Things could have gone differently this season if he had been able to play for Buffalo (thanks, lockout). He likely would have started the season with the big club. Imagine if we had Tropp and Leino all season instead of, say, Ellis and McCormick? Or Hecht, Scott... There are a number of guys, really, that I'd rather have Tropp over. No idea what line combos would like but a Foligno-Ott-Tropp line would be fun to watch. Three guys who can hit, fight, battle and occasionally score.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 05:21 PM

View PostRobviously, on 08 March 2013 - 03:21 PM, said:

Article from Matthew Coller: http://www.wgr550.co...tentId=12570523

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It would be awesome if he made it back for a few games this season.

Thank you for the update.  Tropp has been one of my favorites in his attitude, work ethic and yes his potential skill set with the big club.  Nice to see he is working his way back.  Knee injuries do take a long time to come back from. Even Roy wasn't right when he came back last year, his legs just were not there.  My thought is keep him working and don't worry about getting him into a game unless it serves his rehab agenda.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 01:47 AM

I have a lot of resect for his tenacity on the ice. He is an in your face, hard working type of player.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 02:55 AM

Maybe instead of having a phantom goalie the Sabres should put something in front of the net to improve picking corners and shooting.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 10:16 AM

Tropp has been cleared for contact.  He'll still be a while but he's practicing.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 10:33 AM

Bump

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BREAKING NEWS: Corey Tropp @CTropp25 returns to #Amerks lineup tonight. Suffered thought to be season-ending knee injury Oct. 12th. #Sabres


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Posted 29 March 2013 - 10:36 AM

Great news - hope they take it slow with him.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 10:39 AM

View Postbcardona, on 29 March 2013 - 10:33 AM, said:

Bump

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BREAKING NEWS: Corey Tropp @CTropp25 returns to #Amerks lineup tonight. Suffered thought to be season-ending knee injury Oct. 12th. #Sabres

Great to hear this. :thumbsup:

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 10:46 AM

That's one hell of a quick rehab.  He must have been very fortunate in the severity of the tears (if that can actually be considered fortunate).  He sure as hell is going to be welcomed by Buffalo fans after showing the type of work ethic required to come back so quickly.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 10:59 AM

Would Amerks fans go crazy if the Sabres call him up after a game or two?

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:32 AM

View Postnobody, on 29 March 2013 - 10:59 AM, said:

Would Amerks fans go crazy if the Sabres call him up after a game or two?

Sure. And i hope the Sabres do it.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:21 PM

View Postd4rksabre, on 29 March 2013 - 11:32 AM, said:

Sure. And i hope the Sabres do it.

I wouldn't go that far yet.  There's really no sense in exposing that knee to the NHL level until they are absolutely sure he can handle it.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:22 PM

View Postd4rksabre, on 29 March 2013 - 11:32 AM, said:

Sure. And i hope the Sabres do it.

View Postshrader, on 29 March 2013 - 02:21 PM, said:

I wouldn't go that far yet.  There's really no sense in exposing that knee to the NHL level until they are absolutely sure he can handle it.

Today Rolston said he didn't see that happening.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:46 PM

View Postshrader, on 29 March 2013 - 02:21 PM, said:

I wouldn't go that far yet.  There's really no sense in exposing that knee to the NHL level until they are absolutely sure he can handle it.
I agree don't push it. Play limited minutes with Amerks for a couple weeks first.  
I wonder if the NHL is measurably more physical than the AHL?  Small ice in ROC, more grinders, less skill, etc.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:56 PM

View Postbcardona, on 29 March 2013 - 02:46 PM, said:

I agree don't push it. Play limited minutes with Amerks for a couple weeks first.  
I wonder if the NHL is measurably more physical than the AHL?  Small ice in ROC, more grinders, less skill, etc.

I'd look at it from another angle in terms of ice time.  He can actually get more at the AHL level and really test out his strength levels.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 04:00 PM

View Postbcardona, on 29 March 2013 - 10:33 AM, said:

Bump

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BREAKING NEWS: Corey Tropp @CTropp25 returns to #Amerks lineup tonight. Suffered thought to be season-ending knee injury Oct. 12th. #Sabres
#Determination

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 04:10 PM

What a beast. Could have been a different season if he were here.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 05:31 PM

View Postthesportsbuff, on 29 March 2013 - 04:10 PM, said:

What a beast. Could have been a different season if he were here.

Having him and Leino here from the get go IMO would have made a difference.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:55 PM

Amerks up 1-0 after the first period. Corey Tropp with an assist on a Cody McCormick goal.

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 07:36 PM

Corey looks good.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:13 AM

View PostSpndnchz, on 29 March 2013 - 05:31 PM, said:

Having him and Leino here from the get go IMO would have made a difference.
Maybe TP can blame injuries again this year. :angel:

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:42 AM

View PostSpndnchz, on 29 March 2013 - 05:31 PM, said:

Having him and Leino here from the get go IMO would have made a difference.

Agreed. They'd be making the much ballyhooed run to 9th instead of the 12-14 range.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 12:35 PM

View PostSpndnchz, on 29 March 2013 - 05:31 PM, said:

Having him and Leino here from the get go IMO would have made a difference.
I still don't get the adoration for Corey Tropp.  He'd be a good 4th line upgrade with 3rd line potential.  I don't see him bumping us up in the standings.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 12:37 PM

View Postweave, on 30 March 2013 - 12:35 PM, said:

I still don't get the adoration for Corey Tropp.  He'd be a good 4th line upgrade with 3rd line potential.  I don't see him bumping us up in the standings.

I'm with you on this one.  He's another mucker/grinder.

Of course, on this team, that could put him on the second line.

Edited by Eleven, 30 March 2013 - 12:37 PM.


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Posted 30 March 2013 - 12:55 PM

View Postweave, on 30 March 2013 - 12:35 PM, said:

I still don't get the adoration for Corey Tropp.  He'd be a good 4th line upgrade with 3rd line potential.  I don't see him bumping us up in the standings.
He finishes checks, fights, and seems pretty reliable as far as effort goes. The Sabres are a pillow soft team of emo kids, so I'd love to have Corey Tropp around. I know he's just a good 3rd liner at best but there's some Steve Ott to his game and he's the type of guy we need if we're ever going to change the organization's culture.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 01:01 PM

View Postweave, on 30 March 2013 - 12:35 PM, said:

I still don't get the adoration for Corey Tropp.  He'd be a good 4th line upgrade with 3rd line potential.  I don't see him bumping us up in the standings.

I look at him as Kaleta with some marginal offensive ability. I'll gladly take a Kaleta +10 additional points.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 01:14 PM

View PostTrueBluePhD, on 30 March 2013 - 01:01 PM, said:

I look at him as Kaleta with some marginal offensive ability. I'll gladly take a Kaleta +10 additional points.
Except the +10 points is theoretical.  He hasn't done anything yet other than "look good".  Don't get me wrong, I like the kid, but he's utterly replaceable.